2nd field full of marijuana seized in western P.E.I.

More than 2,500 marijuana plants seized in 2 cases this summer MORE


N.Z., U.S. dairy farmers call on Canada to open its market amid deadlocked trade talks

New Zealand farmers say they survived loss of subsidies MORE




U.S. livestock: Lower cash prices drop hog futures

Live cattle finish weaker, feeder cattle close lower MORE


US Cattle Herd to Grow 3 Per Cent This Year

America’s cattle inventory is forecast to stand at 92.4 million head by January 1 2016 after lifting three per cent and then increase to 94.6 million head by 2017. MORE


“Muted” Fall Rebound Expected in Cattle Markets

Fed cattle prices aren’t expected to show any fall resurgence, despite price trends through 2015 running close to “textbook” year. MORE


Hog Outlook: Strong Dollar Impacting on Trade

The strong dollar continues to be a negative factor for US trade. Meat imports are up and exports of pork, beef, turkey and chicken are each lower than during the first half of 2014, write Ron Plain and Scott Brown, University of Missouri. MORE


CME: Pork Bellies the Bright Spot This Summer

Where would the hog market be without bellies this summer? To use an old colloquialism, “Hurting for certain!” Bellies have been the bright spot among wholesale pork cuts this summer as prices have DOUBLED since mid-May and gained $10/cwt just last week, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner. MORE


Mexico Hog Markets – And the Road Still Winding…

In July, the farm grain prices finished as follow: i) corn at $235 vs $246 USD/MT previous month ($3,900 vs. $3,860 Mx/MT), -4.4 per cent previous month in USD and 1 per cent above in Mexican Peso), ii) Sorghum $223 vs $233 USD/MT ($3,697 vs $3,660 Mx/MT), and 4 per cent reduction in USD and basically non-movement previous month in Mx.), and iii) soybean meal $420 vs $430 USD/MT ($6760 Mx/MT both months), writes Genesus Mexico, Carlos A. Peralta, President. MORE


Avian flu controls lifted in 10 U.S. states

U.S. animal health officials have closed the books for now on avian influenza infections in 10 states, with five others remaining. MORE




GRAINS-Soy at 2-week high ahead of USDA report; corn, wheat firm

Chicago soybean futures rose for a second session on Monday to their highest in more than two weeks with prices underpinned by expectations that a U.S. government report this week may reduce supply estimates. MORE


U.S. grains: Soybeans rally on eroding crop prospects

Corn, wheat follow soybeans higher MORE


US courts are cracking down on the ‘OPEC of potatoes’ and other food conglomerates
US courts are cracking down on the potato world’s version of OPEC. The United Potato Growers of America — dubbed the “OPEC of potatoes” by critics — has been accused of inflating prices by planting fewer acres and destroying crops, Bloomberg’s Isaac Arnsdorf reports. MORE


General Interest


Green roofs and ‘agritecture’ have potential to transform food supply in cities

‘We’ve become very disconnected from nature,’ says one expert, and urban farming offers a solution MORE


Drawing on Childhood Memories: Why Farming Needs to Laugh

A life-long attachment to cartoons and the countryside has enabled and inspired a US country boy to show rural America the importance of laughter. MORE


Regular Updates


PEIDAF Agricultural Market Report – August 7 HERE

FCC Express – August 7 HERE

Canadian Farm Fuel and Fertilizer: Prices and Expenses – July 2015 HERE

Ontario Farm Market Summary – Friday, August 7 HERE

Ontario Cattlemen’s Association Market Report – Friday, August 7 HERE

ICE Futures Canada Friday: Canola futures prices higher, barley unchanged HERE

AM markets: Fund, China data and weather fears spur grain price gains HERE

Grain Farmers of Ontario – Daily Commodity Report HERE

USDA – Daily National Potato and Onion Report HERE

More Futures Prices – HERE and HERE

AgWeather Atlantic HERE

Today’s Local Weather – HERE


Meetings and Events


19th Annual Golf Tournament

August 12 – Countryview Golf Course MORE


PEI Organic Hemp Seed Field Day

August 17, Various locations

Hosted by the PEI Certified Organic Producers Cooperative (COPC), will include presentations from the main buyer in eastern Canada (eastern Quebec),  a plant breeder from Ontario who is working on Island-adapted varieties, a successful Saskatchewan organic hemp farmer, and on collaborative trials at the AAFC Harrington Research Station. There will also be a visit to a 10 acre field trial in one of our members’ fields. Free to attend and all are welcome! See HERE for more details and to confirm your participation.


Workshop: The Use of Micro-Organisms in Organic Farming

August 18th, 6:30 pm at the Farm Centre (420 University Ave., Charlottetown), Room 107 MORE


Intergenerational Transfer of Woodlots Seminar

September 17th, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at the Farm Center;420 University Avenue; Charlottetown

This seminar is FREE to all members of the PEI Woodlot Owners Association. Please contact John Rowe: rowe@pei.sympatico.ca  or phone – 902-940-1933 – to pre-register. MORE


First Aid and CPR courses

The PEIFA is offering First Aid and CPR courses through Island First Aid Services for $70+hst. The courses are 2 days in length and are good for 3 years. If you have several people needing training in your workplace courses can also be arranged at the farm for a minimum of 8 people. For further information on these courses or any other training opportunities please contact Charlotte at the PEIFA office 902-368-7289.

Dates for August:

11th and 12th – Stratford       22nd and 23rd – Summerside

27th and 28th – Stratford

Dates for September:

12th and 13th – Stratford       14th and 15th – Stratford